Bishop Juan Miguel Betancourt

Title: Auxiliary Bishop
Company: Archdiocese of Hartford
Location: Hartford, Connecticut, United States

Bishop Juan Miguel Betancourt, Auxiliary Bishop at Archdiocese of Hartford, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in ministry.

Dedicating the past two decades of his career to religious service, Bishop Betancourt recalls he felt the calling to the priesthood following his undergraduate studies. He earned a bachelor’s degree in natural sciences from the University of Puerto Rico and went on to attain a Master of Divinity, summa cum laude, from Pontifical Catholic University in 2002. Due to his academic aptitude, he was sent to Rome to pursue a degree in sacred scripture at the most prestigious university of the church, the Pontifical Biblical Institute, in 2005.

Ordained to the priesthood in 2001, Bishop Betancourt briefly taught at the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico and Regina Cleri Major Seminary in Ponce between 2005 and 2006. He subsequently spent more than 10 years as a faculty member at the University of Saint Thomas and went on to serve as assistant professor of sacred scripture, formator, associate academic dean, and vice-rector of formation at The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity in Saint Paul, Minnesota. In religious services, Bishop Betancourt garnered expertise as a pastor at the Saint Francis de Sales Church of Saint Paul-Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Notably, Bishop Betancourt received a letter from Pope Francis, recommending that he would do good service in Hartford, Connecticut. He was sent there due to his long experience in teaching information, extensive community work, and bringing stability to multicultural issues. Reaching a high point in his career in 2018, he was appointed as an Auxiliary Bishop of Hartford, Connecticut, being ordained by Archbishop Leonard P. Blair at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph, Hartford. In this role, he assists the Archbishop in the governance of the Archdiocese, fulfills duties for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and serves as director of seminarians for the Archdiocese of Hartford. Since his Episcopal Ordination, Bishop Betancourt also holds the title of Bishop of Curzola in Croatia.

Bishop Betancourt was presented with a Recognition Award for New Professors by the American Academy of Religion in 2009. He attributes his success to his parents for supporting him in his vocation and for helping him to learn the necessary leadership skills to serve others. Civically, Bishop Betancourt has been active on the board of directors of Trinity Health of New England and also holds membership with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Looking ahead, he aims to continue on his path provided by God and hopes to be placed wherever multicultural diversity is strong, as he knows he can be an instrument of unity and dialogue so that people can learn from each other.

 

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